And FODEP has observed that there is need for stakeholders to adjust their contributions to the electoral process of the country due to the amendment of the Constitution.
Speaking during the launch the Enhanced Citizen Participation in the 2016 General Elections at Cresta Golf View Hotel on Monday FODEP President Shepherd Chilombe said the media should maintain a high level of impartiality in their reporting as the country heads towards the elections.
“We equally call upon the media to maintain impartiality, refrain from publication of hate speech and other forms of language that may lead to violence especially as we approach the campaign,” he said.
He further called on President Lungu to preside over the vice with firmness, impartiality and soberness.
He said state institutions in the electoral process should develop proper risk assessment of political violence during elections so as to come up with mitigating measures adding that the vice is an Evil that needs to be rooted out of the country’s democracy.
And Chilombe said the 2016 general elections are poised to alter the way electoral business has been conducted hence his institution’s contributions would also change.
He said other stakeholders should do the same.
“With Constitutional amendments such as predetermination of election date, majoritarian electoral system, mayoral elections and Presidential running- mate among other new articles introduced FODEP believes that this will alter the way electoral business has been conducted. As such my institution’s contributions to the 2016 general elections will equally not be the same,” Mr Chilombe said.
He said that it was in the same vain that his organization intends to deploy 5,000 monitors across 96 Constituencies in 76 districts in all the ten Provinces.
He said that 3,276 Civic and Voter education facilitators would be trained in bid to help the citizenry make informed decisions during the 11th August, 2016 elections.